Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

CORE PROGRAMME RATIONALE

The Core Programme is based on the assumption that there exists a body of common knowledge shared by educated persons. This broad base of knowledge allows us to read and comprehend both popular and specialized literature, understand newspapers and magazines, news reports in the electronic media, and even understand one another's jokes. It also gives the background knowledge necessary for the acquisition of specialized information. It does not exist solely in the domain of one particular subject area but spans the whole realm of human knowledge.

This basic knowledge provides us with a vocabulary without which educated discourse is impossible. The Core Programme is intended to lead students towards this sort of literacy. In addition to education in depth in one or two academic areas, or in an interdisciplinary area with a unifying theme, Grenfell students will acquire a breadth of knowledge that is sufficient to permit clear and effective communication with other educated people and provide the background necessary for life-long learning.

The Core includes a Literacy Requirement, a Numeracy Requirement, a Scientific Concepts and Issues Requirement and a General Education Requirement. The Literacy Requirement is intended to ensure that graduates of Grenfell College are able to express themselves clearly and correctly and that they have a broad appreciation of the English language as a means of communication. The Numeracy Requirement is intended to ensure that graduates of Grenfell College are able to perform the basic mathematical functions necessary to live in modern society and that they have a broad understanding of mathematics as the language of science and technology. The Scientific Concepts and Issues Requirement is intended to ensure that students have a grasp of important concepts and discoveries in science as well as an understanding of issues that arise out of scientific endeavor.


Last modified on May 6, 1998 by MaryJane Puxley

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